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Sport Carragher takes swipe at Neville and Keane over Solskjaer 'excuses'

20:41  13 october  2021
20:41  13 october  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Jamie Carragher has taken a playful swipe at his Sky Sports punditry colleagues Gary Neville and Roy Keane for making excuses for Manchester United and their under pressure boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United splashed out over £100million in the summer on a lavish recruitment drive which saw them bring back superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, but they have struggled during the early stages of this season.

As a result, there have been mounting calls for Solskjaer to leave, but Neville and Keane have often stood by their former team-mate - a stance which Carragher has now jokingly hit out at.

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When questioned on what has annoyed him recently, Liverpool legend Carragher was quick to call out the duo.

'It must be something to do with football... and it must be something to do with Neville,' Carragher told the Tony Bellew is Angry podcast.

'I did a newspaper column on it - I was with Gary Neville a few days before and we did this YouTube chat about the season with Roy Keane.

'The two of them just make excuses for Ole because they played with him and he's their mate.

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'They were saying, "they can't win the league, they still lack this, they still lack that, the Glazers aren't putting enough money in, they should be going for Harry Kane."

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'I'm sitting there thinking, "you've just signed a player that's won the Champions League four times, you've just spent 75million on a winger.

'"You finished second last season, you didn't lose a game away from home all season", and I'm like… "there's only one step to go!".

'Honestly, it wound me up so much. I went, "that is it. I'm doing my newspaper column on it".

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'Ole wasn’t too happy with the column, but I just said it’s time the excuses stop at Manchester United, I’m sick of it.

'It’s always, "they still lack this, they lack that" – every player’s on £50m! You go through the whole team, it’s unbelievable!'

United crashed out the Carabao Cup in the third round before the international break in a major blow to their trophy aspirations, and have also endured a rocky start to their Champions League group.

Meanwhile, Danny Blind, the father of former United player Danny and now an assistant coach for Holland, has been left less than impressed by Solskjaer.

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'What is the identity of this team? What is his plan?' Blind said. 'It is exactly that what is missing with Solskjaer.

'There is not a tactical plan. His team are not able to put pressure on their opponents like Manchester City.

'It does not always have to be full pressing, but we don't see any of it – everything in the United team is based on the individual qualities of players.

'They have those qualities and it often gets a result for the team. But it is never a team result. It has not been looking good in a number of matches.'

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